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5G new radio delivers mechanisms to permit use cases that require ultra reliability and low latency

Roberto Kompany Senior Analyst, Research

"5GNR is designed to provide flexible, scalable and low-latency communications between networks and devices."

Nokia’s annual global analyst summit in November 2018 at Bell Labs in New Jersey, USA provided a good opportunity to reflect on mobile network operators’ (MNOs’) upcoming moves to 5G. 5G promises to provide very high bandwidths, and it is also well understood that MNOs will need to use this technology to address new revenue streams given that revenue from the consumer mobile broadband business is likely to be flat or declining in the coming years. The low-latency and high-reliability use cases that will be made available with the introduction of 5G (such as augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), manufacturing and autonomous vehicles) will enable MNOs to address new markets. Edge computing and network slicing are the talked about enablers, but the role of the radio access network (RAN) is no less important.